Laundry in the Kitchen

Laundry machines in the kitchen aren't the most common thing here in the States, but we've seen them in Europe, and the idea catching on here in big cities and small apartments. Lots of things make sense about this: the kitchen is a wet space with other plumbing hookups. It's often central to a home's layout, making it a convenient place to get the laundry going (and so easy to do the kitchen towels!). Here are a few examples of washers and dryers sharing space with ranges and fridges.

Possible drawbacks of laundry in the kitchen could include noise, the impossibility of closing it off like you would a separate laundry room or closet, and the fact that the machines would take up storage space that's often at a premium in the kitchen.

However, we love the extra counter space over front-load undercounter models and we just can't get over thinking this would ultimately be convenient.

What do you think of sharing cooking space with the wash? Let us know below.

Related: Survey: Laundry in the Kitchen?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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